I knew it would be an `interesting' experience to review Sylvian and Czukay's `Plight & Premonition'. I hope the following is of some assistance to anyone contemplating purchasing these landscapes of contemplation: `music' seems to restrictive a noun for the soundworlds contained therein. (For those not in the know, David Sylvian is an ex-member of British avant-garde arthouse group Japan; Holger Czukay is an ex-member of German rock-electronic group Can.)
This CD features just two tracks. The best (worth five stars) is the second of the two. It lasts sixteen minutes and it is a shame that it has to end. Adjectives that I wrote down whilst listening to it include intriguing, foreboding, soft and gentle, aerial yet earthy, soothing, enlightening, blissful and contemplative.
The second (worth four stars) is eighteen minutes in length. Here the adjectives include quizzical and cautious, cold and lonely. It is a more mobile landscape whose view blurs the further towards the horizon that you gaze. Its movement is like the lights of passing vehicle in an orange-black twilight. We hear a passing train, and a sustained low bass is ominous.
Neither track is fiery, passionate, or intellectual. In some respects I was reminded of the early work of Tangerine Dream, but with more effort and subtlety put into their construction. I rarely give five stars to CDs; on this occasion, I think it is justified.